DLA Piper has today announced that it will join with Portuguese firm, ABBC, as of 7 March.
As a result of the integration ABBC, which has been a DLA Piper relationship firm since 2010, will adopt the DLA Piper brand. Angolan law firm, ADCA, which is affiliated with ABBC, will remain a member of the DLA Piper Africa Group.
ABBC in Lisbon has 50 lawyers and capabilities across DLA Piper's eight key practice groups.
Simon Levine, Co-Global CEO at DLA Piper, said: "With the close economic integration of Spain and Portugal, the Iberian legal market has been increasingly seen by our clients as a single market. We have worked closely with ABBC for many years now and it is a natural evolution for us to join forces, enabling us to present our clients with a single, joined-up offering across the Iberian region."
Across Spain and Portugal, DLA Piper now has strong industry capability in the firm's key sectors, including: Banking and Financial Services, Real Estate, Technology, and Energy.
Juan Picon, Global Co-Chairman at DLA Piper, said: "Having a DLA Piper office in Portugal will complete our Iberian offering and enable us to service the many global and Spanish clients who need legal advice across Spain and Portugal, Latin America and, increasingly, Africa."
Nuno Azevedo Neves, Managing Partner of DLA Piper in Portugal, said: "Our relationship with DLA Piper has developed progressively over the past few years and our people and clients have benefited from access to the resources and capabilities of a global firm. Therefore, we are delighted to have the opportunity to complete the integration and to become part of DLA Piper: a development which will enhance further our ability to attract and retain the best lawyers, and to support our clients. We would like to thank our clients for their loyalty and support."